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There’s Been A Major Update To Olivia Wilde’s Salad Dressing Drama

Just when I thought the Don’t Worry Darling drama couldn’t get more discombobulated, it does. On Oct. 19, I woke up to numerous headlines revealing that director Olivia Wilde revealed her infamous salad dressing recipe via her Instagram story. Yes, you read that right, the internet has been sent into a frenzy over a salad dressing recipe. So, what’s the tea, and how does Wilde’s random salad dressing recipe fit into the Don’t Worry Darling spiral of neverending havoc?

If the Don’t Worry Darling film is going to be remembered for anything, it’s going to be for the amount of press that has circulated around it. From its early conception, Wilde’s psychological thriller caught the eye of the public when Harry Styles replaced Shia LaBeouf as Florence Pugh’s co-star. From the back-and-forth rumors of a feud between Wilde and Pugh, to Styles’ allegedly spitting on castmate Chris Pine, one thing is for sure: This film knows how to draw attention.

Of the most notorious spectacles surrounding Don’t Worry Darling has to be the allegations that Wilde left her husband Jason Sudeikis for Styles. The two met on set, and there’s been some confusion surrounding a potential overlap of Wilde’s past and current relationships. To add more fuel to the fire, Wilde and Sudeikis’ former nanny spoke to The Daily Mail and dished some alleged behind-the-scenes details about their rocky relationship — cue the salad dressing.

The anonymous nanny told reporters that though Wilde has stated that her relationship with her husband ended before she met Styles, this allegedly was not the case. She recalls feeling torn between the two in one particular heated argument. When Wilde was going to see Styles one night, Sudeikis allegedly became outraged when she prepared a “special salad” for the mega-artist in their kitchen. Sudeikis was so furious he even supposedly laid underneath Wilde’s car to prevent her from seeing Styles.

Amid this argument, the former nanny spoke about the infamous salad dressing, stating, “[Sudeikis] told me, ‘She made this salad and she made her special dressing and she’s leaving with her salad to have dinner with [Harry].’” In additional texts from Sudeikis to the anonymous nanny, he told her, “[Wilde] took her salad, and dressing and left [the kids.]” 

Coincidentally, the internet has been eating this story up, poking fun at the fact that this super secret special salad dressing could have ignited such a quarrel between the two exes. Wilde took this and ran miles when she posted the salad dressing recipe to Instagram. Yes, it’s true, Wilde has just uncovered the exclusive recipe for the salad dressing that some are saying “bagged [Styles] and had [Sudeikis] throwing himself under her car.”

Wilde posted a picture of a page from Nora Ephron’s Heartburn novel that included the ingredients needed to make the dressing. The passage read, “Mix 2 tablespoons Grey Poupon mustard with 2 tablespoons good red wine vinegar. Then, whisking constantly with a fork, slowly add 6 tablespoons olive oil, until the vinaigrette is thick and creamy; this makes a very strong vinaigrette that’s perfect for salad greens.”

Some have commented on the simplicity of the vinaigrette, questioning why there was so much stir around the dressing in the first place. Others have noted, though, that the ingredients were never what made the dressing so special, but the meaning behind it was “who she made it for.” Deeper theories point to the theme of the novel that the recipe originally stems from, which happens to be centered around the author’s divorce from her second husband. Because the recipe did come from a book, it has also left other people to believe that their nanny could have pulled inspiration from the story to create a fictitious narrative for the public. 

A potential spiced up recollection of their events together from the nannies point of view could possibly be the case, especially since both Wilde and Sudeikis released a joint statement to CNN denying these claims. They stated, “As parents, it is incredibly upsetting to learn that a former nanny of our two young children would choose to make such false and scurrilous accusations about us publicly. As parents, it is incredibly upsetting to learn that a former nanny of our two young children would choose to make such false and scurrilous accusations about us publicly.”

I think all of these theories may have some legs underneath them, but I still can’t believe we’re looking this deep into salad dressing! 

McKinley Franklin is a writer and recent college graduate from East Carolina University. She was Her Campus' fall 2022 entertainment and culture intern and is a current national writer. McKinley specializes in entertainment coverage, though her favorite niche of the industry is reality television.